Amount Of Television Viewing

Evaluating Risk Factors: Too Much TV

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as amount of television viewing — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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In the Lifestyle section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about amount of television viewing:
Television: On average, approximately how much time do you spend in front of the TV?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ None / I watch under 1 hour a week
→ 1-10 hours a week (about an hour a day)
→ 11-30 hours a week (1-4 hours a day)
→ Over 30 hours a week (over 4 hours a day)

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no watching of television, some watching of television or much watching of television, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Problems Associated With A Sedentary Lifestyle

Problems Associated With A Sedentary Lifestyle also suggests the following possibilities:

Breast Cancer

Risk of developing breast and colon cancers is significantly increased in those who spend a lot of time sitting, according to research presented in November of 2011 at the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Colon Cancer

Risk of developing breast and colon cancers is significantly increased in those who spend a lot of time sitting, according to research presented in November of 2011 at the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

Many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol, and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose in the genetically susceptible.  Compared with individuals who watched television or videos or used their computer for less than one hour daily, those that carried out these behaviors for greater than four hours daily have a twofold increased risk of metabolic syndrome. [Fauci, Anthony S. (2008). Harrison's principles of internal medicine. McGraw-Hill Medical]

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